Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Knockmahon,
Bunmahon,
Co. Waterford,
Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)51 292828

Edith Collier and Comeraghs Wild on the Copper Coast

"Comeraghs Wild" is a celebration of all that's good about this corner of south east Ireland. The annual event has, for the last three years included several events on the Copper Coast.

This year on the Copper Coast, celebrating 100 years since the important New Zealand artist Edith Collier spent time in the area with fellow artists, we launched a month long exhibition in the Copper Coast Auxiliary Exhibition Space. Edith Collier Exhibition Launch

The next day Orlaith Hamersley and Jim Cullinan led a walk through Bonmahon to some of the places Edith would have walked, where she lived and where she painted.
Tina Keating, Paula McCarthy, Orlaith Hamersley and Karen Többe put a mountain of work into organising these events and it showed. This included organising permissions and Fine Prints of many of Edith's works – dealing with the Edith Collier Trust in New Zealand – and assembling the exhibition space. To top it all we were joined by Edith Collier's grand nieces, Fiona Horrocks (Chairman of the Edith Collier Trust) and her sister, Miranda. Special days!Setting off in the Footsteps of Edith Collier!

 

 

 Sean and Miranda Corcoran (The Art Hand) hosted "Words Gone Wild", a special version of their regular "Words" event – where participants bring words they love or have written themselves to read to the assembled company – at a "secret location" which turned out to be Tankardstown.   Severe competition from a (Mary Black) concert and a Twinning Event meant that the numbers were small but this was nonetheless a special and atmospheric part of the weekend.

Sean Corcoran Words and ContemplationWords Gone Wild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Stradbally there was a Treasure Hunt, organised by Tina Keating, Jim Cullinan and Nicola Blair. Prizes for this were provided by Activate Family Activity Centre and Castle Café (many thanks!).All winners in Stradbally!

 

 The very last event of the Comeraghs Wild Festival happened in the Copper Coast Geopark Centre and it was a memorably enjoyable night in the life of the Copper Coast, proving that Geoparks aren't just about rocks! Michael Marrinan brought beautiful music, played by the really talented young musicians of Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach and the voices of Cór Fear na Déise.

Nine New Global Geoparks.

Nine new sites were added to the UNESCO-supported Global Geoparks Network during the 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium that took place in the San'in Kaigan Geopark, Japan, from 15 to 20 September.
Brief details of each of them can be found here.  Five of the new Global Geoparks are in Europe - Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands (Spain), Pollino (Italy), Reykjanes (Iceland), Sitia (Crete, Greece), Troodos (Cyprus). 

Comeraghs Wild, Edith Collier, Treasure Hunt, Words Gone Wild!

This is the time of year when the people of the Comeraghs and the Copper Coast put together a weekend of events big and small to exercise body, mind, soul and senses.
If you click here you will find the full programme of the Comeraghs Wild Festival 2015.

For ourselves we are celebrating the art and activities in and around Bonmahon, 100 years ago, of the New Zealand born artist Edith Collier and fellow artists and her intriguing story. Tina Keating and team have drawn together an exhibition of Edith Collier's work which will open on the Friday of the Comeraghs Wild weekend and will continue to run for a month.

On Saturday there will be a walk, "In the footsteps of Edith Collier". This, we must emphasise, will happen at 11.00 in the morning and not, as stated in the official programme. (This does need to be booked in advance). More details of these events and everything happening on the Copper Coast below. Or go to the Comeraghs Wild Festival website for the wider picture.

Something completely different will be the Treasure Hunt in Stradbally, on Sunday afternoon. This just sounds like good family fun, and everybody should know that little bit more about village and cove by the end of it!

Sean and Miranda Corcoran and The Words Writers Group will also run a special event on Saturday evening, in a place to be disclosed when you book... a mystery! Details below or on the Comeraghs Wild Festival Website.
And the very last event of the Comeraghs Wild Festival will happen in the Copper Coast Geopark Centre on Sunday night, when Cór Fear na nDéise, an all-male choir from the Gaeltacht area of An Rinn and An Sean Phobal in Co. Waterford, will perform.

Edith Collier's Bunmahon, 1914 - 1915,
"Little schoolboy of Bonmahon" by Edith Collier. Image supplied courtesy of Te Papa Tongarewa, The National Museum of New ZealandAn exhibition of fine art reproductions
Friday 18th September
7.30pm
Location: Copper Coast Auxiliary Exhibition Space

The official opening of Edith Collier Centenary Summer School Exhibition
2015 marks100 years since the progressive New Zealand born artist Edith Collier and a group of her contemporaries spent the summer sketching and painting in Bunmahon and the surrounding area.

Edith Collier's contribution to New Zealand art as an innovator, modernist and expatriate painter placed her in a most distinguished group.

The Copper Coast Geopark will hold a yearlong series of events, with the support of the people of Bunmahon including local artists, photographers and schools, to celebrate our association with this fascinating and pioneering woman who would became a significant Modernist painter and enjoy great success through exhibiting with the Society of Women Artists and Women's International Art Club - venues outside the art establishment of the era.

Walk in the footsteps of Edith CollierDown in the Village, Bunmahon. Courtesy of the Edith Collier Trust and the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui, New Zealand.
Saturday 19th September
11.00am
Starting location: Copper Coast Auxiliary Exhibition Space

A visit to the Edith Collier exhibition followed by a guided walk of Bunmahon, visiting some of the beautiful locations painted by Edith Collier during her time in Bunmahon 100 years ago and still recognizable today, returning to the Copper Coast Geopark Visitors Centre for a complementary cup of tea or coffee.

Admission €5, accompanying children free
Leaders: Jim Cullinane and Orlaith Hamersley

The Copper Coast Stradbally Treasure Hunt
Sunday 20th.Sept
Meet at the Sundial
2.00pm

For an exciting, fun and unique way to explore and discover Stradbally Village and Cove take part in the Festival Treasure Hunt hosted by the Copper Coast Geopark, Solve the clues and conundrums as you visit impressive landmarks, hidden gems and more.Sun dial picnic table in the middle of Stradbally.

Treasure Hunt is terrific fun, max 4 persons per team and at the end each teams points are calculated and the winners announced.  

The hunt takes approx. 2 hours to complete, with great prizes to be won.
Admission €5.00 per person. Start point: Sun Dial on Village Green

First Prize – A voucher for 4 to Activate, Waterford's newest family activity centre.
Sponsored by Activate, Waterford.

Second prize – Lunch for 4 at Castle Café, Dunhill Eco Centre
Sponsored by Castle Café

Words Gone Wild
Time: Saturday 19th September, 6pm
Venue: Copper Coast, Bunmahon
Event Details:
A special spoken word event will take place by The Words Writers Group as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival.
The evening will be different from the group's usual monthly event at The Art Hand in that it will take place at an undisclosed outdoor location on The Copper Coast and will have a 'Wild' and 'Wilderness' theme. This event will proceed regardless of the weather so come prepared!
Proceedings begin from The Art Hand at 6pm sharp and will run till after 10pm.
Price: €5
Booking is essential on 051 292919 or text your name to Sean Corcoran to reserve a space on 087 2524657. All are welcome and there is no obligation to perform. Children can attend but will need to be strictly supervised. Check The Art Hand Facebook page for further details closer to the time.

Cór Fear na nDéise & Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach
Time: Sunday 20th September @ 6pm
Venue: Copper Coast GeoPark Centre

Event Details:   Evening of music to be held in Copper Coast GeoPark Centre, Bunmahon.
Cór Fear na nDéise is an all-male choir from the Gaeltacht area of An Rinn and An Sean Phobal in Co. Waterford. The group's main goal is to revive and reintroduce local songs, poems, music and stories to today's audiences. This choir boasts some of Ireland's best Sean-Nós singers and a 'slua' of fantastic pipers, whistle players, box players, guitarists, fiddlers etc. which are central to the arrangements and performing of the songs, under the direction of Darren Ó Droma. In the summer of 2015, the choir were very honoured to be asked to sing for the President of Ireland, Mícheál D. Ó hUigínn.
Tá Cór Fear na nDéise lonaithe i nGaeltachtaí na Rinne agus an tSean-Phobail i gCo. Phort Láirge. Is í príomh aidhm an Chóir ná athbheochan agus cur i láthair amhráin áitiúla agus ceol chun a lucht éisteachta. Tá sé de phribhléid ag an gCór roinnt de mhór-amhránaithe an t-sean-nóis a bheith mar bhaill acu, chomh maith le píobairí, boscadóirí, bhéileadóirí agus ceoltóirí eile den scoth; iad ar fad fé stiúr Dhearáin Uí Dhroma. samhradh na bliana 2015, ba mhór an onór don gcór canadh i gcuideachta Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mícheál D. Ó hUigínn.

Patrick Palmer Exhibition

Autumn Ann Valley GateWe are proud to be hosting a small collection of pictures of local scenes painted by Patrick Palmer.

Patrick Palmer is an oil painter in the great spirit of classical Irish painters. He explores the inescapable beauty of light and colour in landscape and in the details of his surroundings, communicating their significance through the richness of oil paint and his clean sense of design.
Patrick Palmer was born and raised in Co Waterford, Ireland, attended Castleknock College and graduated in the class of 1968, studied at the College of Art, and worked in advertising in Dublin...After a few exciting years at ARKS, the great agency of the 1960's and '70's, he began his world travels, living, painting, finding his bliss... eager to learn and see as much as he could.
Patrick arrived in San Francisco in '79, finding love and happiness at the height of the great days of Rock and Roll. He worked throughout the 1980's as the designer of all tour books, posters and merchandise for the biggest rock bands coming through the West Coast for Bill Graham Presents, then the greatest producer of concerts and events in California. Patrick created great collectible posters for Jimmy Hendricks, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Ozzie Osbourne, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Grateful Dead, and many many others. ...And when he finally decided to move back to Ireland to paint and renew his sense of reality after 28 years, he did so with a broader perspective on the light, colour, sea, sky and landscape of his beloved homeland...regenerating in his mind the magical images of childhood and tradition long submerged in the dynamic yet always foreign otherworld of California.

The exhibition will be in the Copper Coast Centre (Wednesday – Sunday) until the end of September.

The Copper Coast Geopark awarded a "Green Card"

We are delighted that The Copper Coast Global Geopark retained its "Green Card" status at a meeting of the European Geoparks Network, on Wednesday 2nd September. The meeting was held in Rokua Global Geopark in Finland, attended by representatives of nearly all the European Geoparks.

18 European Geoparks were due for revalidation with 16, including The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, receiving Green Cards.
This means that we are approved for another four years as members of the Network, following a revalidation visit by two evaluators - one from Terra Vita Global Geopark, in Germany and the other from the Chinese Geological Survey.

At the same meeting 4 out of 11 new applicants were accepted into the Network, of which more details in due course. This brings the number of European Global Geoparks to 69.

 

National Heritage Week on the Copper Coast

We have a full and exciting programme of events for this year's National Heritage Week starting Saturday 22 August with something for everyone and days out for all the family from guided walks and talks to art demonstrations.

FREE ENTRY TO OUR GEOLOGICAL AND MINING HERITAGE EXHIBITION: WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 
Copper Coast Visitor Centre, Cr. John FoleyAll day on Wednesday 26th August the geological and mining heritage exhibition at our Visitor Centre will be free entry to everyone. The exhibition is particularly suited for families and people interested in heritage with films and exhibits which show the extent of the copper mines in Waterford and how the miners lived. We have many examples of minerals one of which is the largest specimen in Ireland and a working seismometer which records earthquakes from around the world. No booking is required and there is full disability access.
If you are feeling peckish afterwards the café at our Visitor Centre serves locally produced lunches and cakes.

GEOLOGY OF COPPER COAST AT BALLYDOWANE COVE: 3PM SATURDAY 22 AUGUST
An informal talk at 2pm on Saturday 22 August at the dramatic Ballydowane Cove by geologist Dr. Mike Sweeney who will explain how the rocks and cliffs tell the story of Ireland's volcanic past. This talk is one of two events being hosted by the Geopark to celebrate the achievements of the people returning from the 'Walk from A to B' a 250 kilometre walk from Allihies to Bunmahon.
This event is free entry and no booking is required and there is car parking and disability access to the beach. Please do bear in mind the talk will be given on the beach. Everyone is welcome to join the walkers on the last leg of the 'Walk from A to B' to their final destination at Tankardstown which is estimated to take 30-40 minutes.
The 'Walk from A to B' now in its fifth year has evolved into a community tradition with locals and families joining the more experienced walkers for part of the way. When the copper mines in Allihies closed during the famine many people walked to the Bunmahon Copper Mines in search of work and the annual walk was established to honour the memory of those copper miners and their families, many of whom died on that journey.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE COPPER COAST MINERS: 3PM SATURDAY 22 AUGUST
An informal talk at 3pm on Saturday 22 August at Tankardstown. Local history enthusiast Jim Cullinane is well known locally for his story-telling skills and knowledge of the Copper Mines at Bunmahon. This event is suitable for all the family. Prepare to be captivated by the lives of the miners and their families at the remains of the copper mines at Tankardstown. This is a free event, no booking is required and there is disability access.

GUIDED TOUR OF DUNHILL MEDIEVAL CASTLE & CHURCH: 12PM SUNDAY 23 AUGUST
DUNHILL CASTLE  Credit - Samantha RichardsonIf you are fascinated by medieval castles and churches a guided tour of Dunhill Castle and Church is organised for 12pm Sunday 23 August at Dunhill Castle. Be transported to medieval Ireland by local guide Michelle Vagg as she regales you with the tales and legends behind this historic and magical site. Dunhill Castle is perched high on a cliff overlooking the River Anne with its ancient ramparts, where it is said that "out of this house all of the Powers of Ireland descend".
This event is suitable for families and with partial wheelchair access at the Dunhill Road entrance. Parking is available at both entrances but please be advised the entrance from Annestown requires walking up steep steps. Although there is not a lot of walking in this guided tour, we do advise you wear safe and comfortable footwear as there is a bit of walking through grass that may be wet.

Booking is required for this event and the cost is:
Adult: €7 Children: €3 Concession: €5
Bookings can be made by contacting Samantha Richardson on:
T: 051 292828 / 086 7766060
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SEAWEED FORAGING Cr. - Ciaran Conneely

SEAWEED FORAGING AT ANNESTOWN BEACH: 11AM WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST
Seaweed was once the staple diet of Waterford with its rich coastline and you will have the opportunity to learn about this versatile sea vegetable at our Seaweed Foraging at Annestown Beach at 11am on Wednesday 26 August. Local guide Bruce MacDonald will show you how to identify the different seaweed types, their uses for cooking, in your beauty routine and in the garden. Seaweed has many health benefits and you will learn how to harvest it, the importance of doing this sustainably and most importantly what to do with it when you bring it home.
Car parking is available and there is partial wheelchair access. We do advise you to wear suitable footwear (such as wellingtons or hiking boots) and bring scissors and a bucket or bowl to harvest and collect your seaweed.

This event is suitable for families and people of all ages. All children must be accompanied by adults. Booking is required and the costs are:
Adult: €7 Child: €3 Concession: €5
Bookings can be made by contacting Samantha Richardson on:
T: 051 292828 / 086 7766060
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ART DEMONSTRATION WITH DAVID MINEHAN: 3PM WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUSTDavid Minehan
For art lovers Dungarvan based artist David Minehan will give an art demonstration on his much-loved traditional style depicting Irish cottage kitchens. David's work is inspired by his interest in heritage, history and culture. This event takes place at our Visitor Centre in Bunmahon at 3pm on Wednesday 26 August and is suitable for people at all levels of art from beginners to experts. This event is free entry and no booking is required. There is full disability access.

WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE COPPER COAST MINERS: 11am SATURDAY 29 AUGUST
Starting at the Visitor Centre in Bunmahon this two hour guided tour at 11am on Saturday 29 August brings to life the remains of the Copper Mining Industry and is a rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Copper Coast Miners. Local tour guide Bruce MacDonald will bring the stories of the miners and their families to life as you explore the landscape and iconic remains of the mining industry in the village of Bunmahon, Stage Cove and Tankardstown.

MINERS HERITAGE TRAIL

Car parking is available at the Visitor Centre. We do advise you wear suitable and comfortable footwear (such as hiking boots or trainers) as this is a two hour walk suitable for people of average fitness. Please be advised this event is not suitable for young children or wheelchair users. All children must be accompanied by adults.

Booking is required and the cost is:
Adult: €7 Child: €3 Concession: €5
Bookings can be made by contacting Samantha Richardson on:
T: 051 292828 / 086 7766060
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We do hope you join us in celebrating and enjoying our national heritage!
Geoparks are regions in the world that boast outstanding geological heritage and vibrant local culture and the events highlight the work carried out by local people and communities to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The purpose of a Geopark is to explore, develop and celebrate the links between local geology and all other aspects of the area's natural, cultural and intangible heritage. It is about reconnecting us all to the planet we all call home. The Copper Coast Geopark is a volunteer-managed organisation founded by people whose goal was to develop the local economy through sustainable tourism.

Get Involved! Munster Express & Geopark team up!

The Munster Express has teamed up with the Copper Coast Geopark as part of the 2015 'Get Involved' competition.'Get Involved' is a sustainable communities initiative developed by 51 local newspapers throughout Ireland and is a way for local communities all over Ireland to work together to improve their own lives, create local jobs, and protect the environment. The Munster Express believes that the ongoing efforts of all involved with the Copper Coast Geopark perfectly encapsulate the aims and objectives of the 'Get Involved' project.Find out more about this exciting collaboration by clicking here.

Wild Waterford Way - by John Foley

Paudie Coffey, John Foley, Liam Brazil, Mike Sweeney.The Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre is currently hosting the 'Wild Waterford Way' exhibition.
This wonderful collection of photographs from photographer John Foley captures the wild beauty of Co. Waterford.
Through his passion for mountaineering and sea kayaking, John's images portray magical perspectives of Waterford,
ranging from the Comeragh Mountains to our stunning coastline on the Copper Coast.

The exhibition was officially opened on Saturday 11th July by Mr. Paudie Coffey, T.D, Minister of State at the Department of
the Environment, Community and Local Government, and by Cllr. Liam Brazil, Cathaoirleach of Comeragh District.

It will continue until July 31st.        
Opening hours are Wed - Sunday, 11am - 5.30pm.

 

 

The Copper Coast Flower Show will be back at the August Bank Holiday Weekend!

Our annual Flower Show and Market will be held on Sunday 2nd & Monday 3rd of August in the Copper Coast Centre. Doors will be open 2 - 5 pm both days.

For an entry form click here.

Do come along, it's a great occasion for catching up with your neighbours and the news and chat over a cup of tea and a scone!

European Geoparks Week. As it happened.

European Geoparks Network Week happens late May early June each year. It's a Europe – wide festival of Geoparks aimed at raising public awareness of geoconservation and promotion of geological heritage as well as events aimed at informing the wider public about geotouristic and educational activities in geoparks and having some fun at the same time..

This is a little of what happened - we'll soon have a few more pictures uploaded to the photo gallery.

Read more ...

Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2015

The Copper Coast Geopark took part in the Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2015 with two events for National Schools and two for the general public.

 

Copper Coast Guide Alan Walsh took pupils from Passage East National School on an interactive walk exploring the formation of the bog, looking at the many plants and animals that live there.


Copper Coast Guide Bruce Mc Donald spent the morning introducing the skills of foraging and wildlife exploration to Glor na Mara Tramore National School, along the rocky sea shore at scenic Kilfarrasy beach.


A presentation by Tina Keating Copper Coast Geologist/Gemmologist was hosted by Garter Lane Gallery. This introduction to the fascinating world of gemstones demonstrated why some are prized more highly than others and how similar looking gems can be distinguished from one another. Afterwards, participants had a chance to use some of the equipment involved such as microscopes, spectroscopes and diamond testers.

 


The Beach Mosaic served as a dual event marking the closure of Bealtaine and the beginning of EGN (European Geopark Network) Week. A giant mosaic was constructed using the natural materials found on the shore, learning about the importance of beach cleaning and biodiversity through a fun artistic creation.

Bealtaine and European Geoparks Week

We would like to thank all the visiting artists, professionals and our own copper coast guides who helped make our Bealtaine and European Geoparks Week events such a success again this year. Our programmes included a great variety of events from prehistoric smelting techniques to modern technology used in gem identification and radio transmission and from ancient landscapes and fossils to our living shoreline and bog land. We really enjoyed working with our new participants and were also delighted to welcome back our loyal and long standing friends who take part each year. We really do appreciate your enthusiasm and generosity of time and spirit.

European Geoparks Network Week 2015

EGN Week happens late May early June each year. It's a Europe – wide festival of Geoparks aimed at raising public awareness of geoconservation and promotion of geological heritage as well as events aimed at informing the wider public about geotouristic and educational activities in geoparks and having some fun at the same time..

Do join us if you can. There's always something to be discovered about the planet and about our own locality.

The Copper Coast programme for this year can be downloaded by clicking hereSession. Our week runs between 23rd and 31st May.

Please note the change of date for 'Our Prehistoric Past', from 24th to 25th May.

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

Bealtaine - Living Earth Festival

Once again we are celebrating our world, this May.
As usual Copper Coast Geopark are involved in a couple of events.

Thursday 21st May

Treasures of the Earth Copper Coast in Garter Lane

Presented by: Tina Keating, Copper Cast Geopark
         Event location: Garter Lane Gallery, O Connell Street, Waterford City (next to Delaney's florist). Please note that access is limited due to staircase leading to venue.

Time: 19:00-21:00

Description:
A presentation by Tina Keating Copper Coast Gemmologist hosted by Garter Lane Gallery.

This introduction to the fascinating world of gemstones will demonstrate why some are prized more highly than others and how similar looking gems can be distinguished from one another. Afterwards, participants will have a chance to use some of the equipment involved such as microscopes, spectroscopes and diamond testers.

Please note that if you so wish, tickets for this free event can be collected from Garter Lane Arts Centre.

Sunday 24th May

Giant Mosaic Creation Copper CoastBeach Mosaic

Presented by: Sinéad Driver & Tina Keating, Copper Coast Geopark
         Event location: Annestown Shore, meet in the car park

Time: 14:30-17:30

Description:
Help construct a giant mosaic using natural materials found on the shore. Learn about the importance of beach cleaning and biodiversity through a fun artistic creation.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing

 Check out the full Bealtaine programme for the southeast here: http://www.livingearth.ie/2015

 

 

Our Doors are Open!

For the moment we are just opening on Saturdays and Sundays.

These are going to be our opening times:

Spring: From Saturday 14th March
Saturday: 10:00 to 17:30
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday: 11.30 to 17:30
Summer: From June
Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:30
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday: 11.30 to 17:30

Admission Prices
Admission Rates: Adult: €5, Senior Citizen & Student: €4, Children: €3, Family: €15*
10% discount on admission prices with the South-East Pocket Guide.
Groups catered for by appointment only, please book in advance.
*Family = 2 adults and up to four children, the fifth child + is paid at full price.

Come in and see us! A coffee, A bun, a chat! See what we've done in the Centre. More news to follow.  Spring is here!  

Music in the old church - The Cedartowns were Here!

We had a really enjoyable night on the last day in February. The Cedartowns make lovely music and in the old church it sounded special. Good atmosphere, Good music, Good company... we must do it again!

 

De la Salle students Geographical Investigation at Kilfarassy Beach

Friday 23rd.January 2015

The aim of this trip is to study Coastal Erosion in the field, the Earth's natural laboratory, to develop fieldwork skills, which include careful observation and recording of information.
Observing and measuring the processes which shape our coastline, this includes: Wave Survey, Longshore Drift and Distribution of Beach Material

Investigations also include:
Beach Profile using sight and range poles to record the variations in elevation of the beach,

Cliff studies involve measuring the height of cliff, identifying various features and examining the underlying geology.

Greenshine came back to the Copper Coast

It was great to welcome Mary, Noel and Ellie back to the Copper Coast Centre on Thursday, 30th October. In the very special atmosphere of the old church Greenshine sang and played some beautiful music to a nicely full house.

Comeraghs Wild is Back!

The Comeraghs Wild Festival starts next Thursday, 18th September. It was a great success last year - a mixture of activities - walking, exploring, words, songs, performances and just fun and friendship. And here we go again!

As the name suggests most of the action takes place in and around the Comeraghs, but we on the Copper Coast are delighted to be a part of it. These are our offerings:-

Friday 19th (Culture Night) WORDS goes WILD!

A special spoken word event will take place on Saturday, September 20th at 6pm by The Words Writers Group as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival.

The evening will be different from the group's usual monthly event at The Art Hand in that it will take place at an undisclosed outdoor location on The Copper Coast and will have a 'Wild' and 'Wilderness' theme. This event will proceed regardless of the weather so come prepared!

Proceedings begin from The Art Hand at 6pm sharp and will run till after 10pm.

Curious? Booking is essential on 051 292919 or text your name to Sean Corcoran to reserve a space on 087 2524657. All are welcome and there is no obligation to perform. Children can attend but will need to be strictly supervised. Check The Art Hand Facebook page for further details closer to the time.

Saturday 20th  The Miners Trail

To find out more about Waterford's early industrial heritage and why we were one of the most important mining areas in the British Empire, travel back in time with Bruce Mc Donald as he takes you on a guided walk of Bunmahon's 19th Century Copper Mining Trail. A fascinating journey through the extraordinary social and industrial upheaval that came upon this gentle corner of 19th century Ireland.
€4, Gather at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre, Bunmahon at 12 midday (The white church).

Sunday, 21st Stradbally Treasure Hunt  

For an exciting, fun and unique way to explore Stradbally Village and Cove take part in the Festival Treasure Hunt hosted by the Copper Coast Geopark. Solve the clues and conundrums as you visit impressive landmarks, hidden gems and more, then race or stroll back to Barron Hall to complete the adventure.
Treasure Hunt is terrific fun, max 4 persons per team and at the end each teams points are calculated and the winners announced.

Meet at the sundial table in the village at 2.00 pm

The hunt takes approx. 2 hours to complete, with great prizes to be won.
Admission €5.00 per person Booking essential. 

 

Family Concession: €15.00 for team of 4

Sunday 21st   Festival Wrap-up with Mick Hanly!

Try not to miss this! Mick Hanly will perform in the special atmosphere of the old church just outside Bunmahon - The Copper Coast Centre. Ex Moving Hearts, composer of many songs for many people - come along and indulge yourself!

 

Doors Open 7.30 pm.      Admission €10

To download the Comeraghs Wild brochure CLICK HERE

The European Geoparks Family is Growing!

There are now 64 Global Geoparks in 22 countries in Europe.

At the latest meeting of the European Geoparks Network in the town of Wernigerode, Geopark Harz . Braunschweiger Land Ostfalen – Germany, 5 more geoparks were accepted into the Network.
They are:
Geopark des Monts d'Ardeche, France.
El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain.
Erz der Alpen, Austria.
Odserred, Denmark.
Terras de Cavaleiros, Portugal.

You should be able to find out something about them by clicking on the name.

Autumn Adventures

The year moves on, the days getting a little shorter and we are offering a few events to ease us through these mellowing months. Like our Natural Navigation evening in the Copper Coast Centre, or Ballyscanlon Bushcraft for the adventurous among us. And then there are our Heritage Week events too.  

Look at or Download the full Autumn Programme by clicking here.Road Bowling and BushCraft

"Houses for the Dead", The 5000 year old Dolmens of East Co Waterford

There are several dolmens in our area, mysterious reminders of the population on and around the Copper Coast thousands of years ago. Dr Elizabeth Shee Twohig, distinguished Archaeologist and resident of the Copper Coast, will look at the various types of "dolmens" (megalithic tombs) in the area and discuss their use and the people who built them.  

This will happen in the Copper Coast Centre, Wed. 30th July at 8.00 pm. 
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Book Launch in the Copper Coast Centre


On 14th June we hosted a special event, which was the launch of the book, "Ministers and Mines", a fascinating account of events in the locality of Bunmahon during the mining times in the 19th century and waves created by an evangelical clergyman who ministered in the building which is now the Copper Coast Centre. There was a good turnout of very interested people.The book is on sale at the Copper Coast Centre.

Geopark

The area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last ice age. more

Location

The Copper Coast is a stretch of the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford. It is named for the historic metal-mining industry, the legacies of which now constitute a tourist attraction. more

Walking Trails

Along with an audio tour around Annestown, we also have walking trail cards for the villages along the Copper Coast. The trail cards can be printed or stored for viewing on your phone. more

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A European Geopark Located In Co. Waterford, Ireland.